Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what. So far, so good.
Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end. On track: eating right and walking every day. Down 16 pounds since the new year.
Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100. Way behind on this. Only 23 booked so far. Redoubling my efforts.
Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows. Fail. I'm working more but making less. Net income YTD is 43% greater than in Q1 2014, but 40% short of goal, and per gig average is only 88% of 2014 levels.
Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%. Not looking good (see above). Need to improve these margins.
Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people. They sure don't make it easy but I'm mostly grateful and happy.
Warm thanks to visual artist Apierre2, who traveled all the way from Barstow to San Diego last night to deliver two of his signature resin-sealed portraits to us at Dizzy's. I love the colors in this image (based on a photo by Tom Kwas). Great to meet you and your family, Mr. Plummer!
Ten years ago, Saturday mornings in the old neighborhood, there was always a 45-minute wait at Breakfast Spot #1 but you'd get a table right away at Breakfast Spot #2. I'm pleased to report that nothing has changed. And the Yukon Gold Home Fries are every bit as yummy as you remember.
If you're serious about the flugel, don't sleep on ACK VAN ROOYEN. To my ears, now that AF and CT have passed, Ack may very well be the greatest living practitioner of the Big Horn. Such subtlety, style, soul and finesse. And what a gorgeous tone! If I ever have occasion to return to Holland, I'm definitely going to inquire about getting a lesson from this master musician.